If you’re among them, here’s the big question: will you enjoy that relationship for all eternity?
There’s only one way to be sure, whatever our culture may be trying to teach us. And that’s repenting and trusting in Jesus Christ’s full payment for our sins on the cross.
I have no doubt that this is true. Back in 2000, faced with the death of my own Christian mother, I investigated the two most important questions a human being can ask: Is there a God? And if so, which one’s the real deal?
The first one turned out to be easy. Anyone who questions the existence of God is either not paying attention, or is as “willfully ignorant” as I was for most of my adult life. In either case, he or she is more interested in his or her own thinking than in overarching truth.
The second question – which God? – was tougher. I did not head straight for Christianity, figuring that it was too restrictive, too intolerant, too blasé for my exotic tastes. So I looked into every other major religion first, searching for the “everyone’s welcome” truth that would put me on a path to joining my mother forever.
Except that I came up empty. I found no evidence of truth in the world’s “anything but Christianity” religions – not in Islam, or Hinduism, or Buddhism, or the Baha’i faith, or the New Age, or any of the major offshoots of these worldviews.
So at last I turned to Christianity. Since I was looking for proof, and had nothing but books to guide my search, I naturally turned to the Bible.
And was blown away by what I discovered in its pages.
My memoir Heaven Without Her details this journey in what author Mark Buchanan called “a wonder of storytelling and a testament of grace.” There are a number of excellent Christian apologetics books available today (some described in my bibliography). But if you are not absolutely sure of your eternal destination, or your mother’s or child's, Heaven Without Her may be the perfect book for you to read and share this Mother’s Day. I hope you’ll check it out soon.